“I didn’t even realize I had it.” 117-year-old nun survives Covid

A 117-year-old French nun who is believed to be Europe’s oldest person has survived COVID-19. The Gerontology Research Group, which validates details of people thought to be 110 or older, lists French nun Lucile Randon — Sister André’s birth name — as the second-oldest known living person in the world. French media reported that the nun tested positive for coronavirus in mid-January in the southern French city of Toulon. But just three weeks later, she is considered recovered. “I didn’t even realise I had it,” she told French newspaper Var-Matin. […]

On The Psychology Of The Conspiracy Denier

A closer look at the class that mocks. By Tim Foyle March 5, 2021 Why is it that otherwise perfectly intelligent, thoughtful and rationally minded people baulk at the suggestion that sociopaths are conspiring to manipulate and deceive them? And why will they defend this ill-founded position with such vehemence? History catalogues the machinations of liars, thieves, bullies and narcissists and their devastating effects. In modern times too, evidence of corruption and extraordinary deceptions abound. We know, without question, that politicians lie and hide their connections and that corporations routinely […]

Is there a growing undercurrent of hedonistic defiance?

Over the last few weeks, there’s been a lot of attention paid to the #KillTheBill protests that have sprung up in opposition to the Policing, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill. What played a part in capturing people’s attention was the violent behaviour of the Avon and Somerset plod in Bristol and also the Met in London. Originally published in the essexheckler April 6, 2021 Gaining somewhat less attention, is the revival of street protests against lockdown, the new (ab)normal and the great reset. In a bid to try and get […]

Why we have to gain control over the production of our food

essexheckler April 14, 2021 We recently published this post on our sister blog, Alternative Estuary (see the link in the sidebar): A sense of urgency is needed right now! – April 11, 2021. Following on from this, we have also produced a four page leaflet using an edited version of the text in the post: GET DIGGING! – April 12, 2021. The prompt for doing this was reading these two posts: Six Months to Prevent a Hostile Takeover of Food Systems, and 25 Years to Transform Them – Nick Jacobs […]

The Mainstream Media is Reaching New Lows in their Coverage of Anti-Lockdown Protests

essexheckler April 27, 2021 Dave , Estuary Stirrings Having been an activist in one form or another since the late 1970s, I’ve lost count of the number of protests I’ve been on that have received scant or dismissive media coverage. Up until the end of the 1990s before the Internet started to enter our lives and our activism, extensive coverage of a protest would only happen if the mainstream media decided it was important enough to cover. Back in the day, despite all of the effort that was put into […]

Pandemic is Domestication

TRANSLATED FROM THE ORIGINAL SPANISH PIECE PUBLISHED IN CONTRA LA CONTRA #4 The magic word “security” imposes itself on the criminal as well as on the terrorist and the virus, and the health crisis shows how much the State obtains our submission in the name of health. By Gilles Dauvé In the society of Capital the discourses that are presented to us as “truths” are expressed by different spokespersons of the class in power, from the traditional mass media to the supposed alternative media, along with the countless digital social […]